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The nostalgia levels are through the roof.

  • Feb 17, 2009
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Square Soft brings the Final Fantasy series to the Playstation with a gem that will (and did) change the industry. Even today, nearly twelve years later, many consider Final Fantasy VII to not only be the best game Square Soft has released, but the greatest RPG of all time. For those not familiar with the series, there were six prior releases to this one and all were considered gems in their own right. So what sets FF VII above all others in the genre?


Cloud Strife is an ex member of Soldier, a military arm under an evil organization named Shinra. After witnessing his idol, Sephiroth, torch his home town upon discovering the truth behind Materia and the Mako reactors, he switches sides and joins Avalanche, a secret organization based in Midgar that is set on shutting down Shinra and saving the world. The cast in FF VII is nothing short of spectacular.....and have evened spawned their own games (albeit not very good games)


Final Fantasy VII has a lot to offer the gamer. The game starts in the cold underbelly of Midgar as Cloud departs the train and meets Barret, the leader of Avalanche with a gun graphed to his arm. All the features you'll associate with a role playing game are here....with so much more. Each character in the game....from the playable characters to the NPCs.....all have unique and entrancing personalities. You have a basic leveling system, where you gain levels by fighting monsters in and around Midgar. Magic, mayhem, and summoning, are among a few of the skillsets you'll have at your disposal. There are side quests and side missions that you can choose to partake - some lead toward hidden characters that can join your party. The game play is smooth and easy to use. There is one problem that I have about the gameplay....you're not allowed to use the thumbstick to move your characters....only the thumbpad. Materia is also a vital part of the game. Materia is compressed Mako that, when used in conjunction with your weapons or armors, grant that user skills like, magic, summoning, stat increases, mug, etc......

Graphics and sound:

The graphics really are the games only downside. Yet, while the in-game graphics are beyond horrendous, the cutscenes are some of the best around.....and when you consider that this is a PS1 release, the cutscenes are even more special. The sound is top-notch. The music is orchestrated to convey the emotions of the events unfolding and does this to near New York Philharmonic quality....yes, they are that good.

Final Thoughts:

So, is Final Fantasy VII the best game ever? No! It is the first RPG to be released on the PS1 and the first to have mature themes, and is nostalgic and the one we all remember and those memories will always keep this game ranked up there with whatever games are released henceforth, but the greatest game? no.

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review by . July 31, 2011
posted in The Gaming Hub
Okay, before I get to my opinion about what Final Fantasy VII is to me, let me start with a few quick facts about the game, no matter what you or I personally think of the game: Final Fantasy VII is the biggest hit ever produced by RPG masters Squaresoft (now called Square-Enix), it is the promoted object of the biggest advertising blitz ever seen for a video game, it is three discs long, it is the deciding factor which led many people to buy a Sony Playstation over a Nintendo 64 when both consoles …
review by . February 21, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
What happened in the three hours of the game?   Your name is Cloud and your a mercenary. You were hired by the group known as AVALANCHE. You don't care who gets hurt, as long as no one gets in your way you can do your job. After destroying one of the many energy reactors in the large city, you head to a bar where you discuss your next plan of action. However, after your next mission you get separated from your group and meet a beautiful flower girl. This is where the game starts to …
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
Coming off of FF VI, this was certainly a jump in presentation, and I was as caught up as anybody else who first played it as a kid. In retrospect, it deserves to be remembered for being such a magnificent milestone, but it's certainly not my favorite FF or even favorite PSX era JRPG.
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
posted in Siliconera Bounce
Coming off of FF VI, this was certainly a jump in presentation, and I was as caught up as anybody else with it at the time. In retrospect, it deserves to be remembered for being such a magnificent milestone, but it's certainly not my favorite FF or even favorite PSX era JRPG.
Quick Tip by . May 27, 2010
While this might have been the tipping point in modern RPG, it was certainly not the best ever made.
review by . March 06, 2009
posted in The Gaming Hub
In 1997, a company called Squaresoft released what made the RPG a phenomenon and a game that has often been considered one of the greatest games ever made: Final Fantasy VII.  For many, this was the Final Fantasy which introduced them to the series.  It doesn't disappoint in being an overall fantastic game, and one that perhaps deserves all the credit which it receives.     Final Fantasy VII puts you in the role of Cloud Strife.  He's a former member of an elite …
review by . August 20, 2008
Well I've always felt that FF6 was the best FF of all times overall.  But storyline, this one's probably the best.  Its got your classic badboy character (Cloud) with the big sword and the cool bad guy (Sephiroth).  I just love the kool chars with the big sword chopping at stuff, makes the character much more kool/likeable like how they do it in a lot japanese animes.  The gameplay was alright except for the fact that you only get a weapon and a bracer for your armor.  Its …
review by . December 11, 2001
This Final Fantasy lives uo to its name. The story is great, the graphic are great, Everything is great. This is a true Final Fantasy RPG.
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Final Fantasy VII is a console role-playing game developed by Square (now Square Enix) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series. It was released in 1997 for Sony's PlayStation and in 1998 for Microsoft's Windows-based personal computers. The game is the first in the series to use 3D computer graphics, featuring fully rendered characters on pre-rendered backgrounds.

Set in a dystopian world, Final Fantasy VII's story centers on the powerful megacorporation Shinra, which is draining the life of the planet to use as an energy source. Players follow a young mercenary called Cloud Strife, who joins with several others to stop Shinra. As the story evolves, the main antagonist, Sephiroth, develops a plan to summon a meteor with the intention of injuring the planet to a point where it would gather massive amounts of its life force in one spot, allowing Sephiroth to collect all the life force and gain control of all living beings.

Development of Final Fantasy VII began in 1994 and was originally intended as another 2D project for the SNES with a New York setting. However, the development team decided to use 3D computer graphics instead and moved onto the Nintendo 64. After deciding to implement the features of the tech demo "Final Fantasy SGI" the game would not be able to fit into Nintendo 64's cartridges, prompting Square to move onto Sony's PlayStation system, which used CD-ROMs.

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ESRB: teen
Number of Players: 1
Publisher: Square
Developer: SquareSoft
Console: play station 1
Genre: RPG
Release Date: 1997
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